Inspired

Friday, November 13, 2009

In the comments on last week's blog, listener Michael wrote of the "brilliantly talented artists" who worked in advertising in the mid-20th Century. He's right, they certainly were brilliant.

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Your First Classical Concert in New York

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Well this is my first blog entry on WQXR.org. And I want to hear from you.

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Music of November

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

For many of us November is the beginning of a long, festive and reflective holiday season. As for me..

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Son of a Mad Man

Saturday, November 07, 2009

As the first half of the final season of "Mad Men" debuts tonight on AMC, we revisit a remembrance by host David Garland of his own "Mad Men"-esque childhood.

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30

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

This week, Q2 with Terrance McKnight will feature pieces of music written by composers when they were 30 years old.

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David Lang, Match Girl Passion and Coffee Mugs

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

I am getting very excited about the American premiere of the chorus version of my piece The Little Match Girl Passion, which takes place  in The Greene Space and live on WNYC and Q2 with John Schaefer this Sunday night.

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World Music Expo: Kayhan Kalhor and Brooklyn Rider

Monday, November 02, 2009

Putting Kayhan Kalhor and the string quartet Brooklyn Rider in front of a WOMEX audience was something of a risky proposition. As open-eared as most attendees are, I wondered if they’d perceive a group coming from a Western classical tradition as an invasion of their space.

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Saints and Aints

Friday, October 30, 2009

Celebrating or even acknowledging All Saints and All Souls Day has never been on my to-do list. That's primarily because I wasn't fully aware of these long-standing holidays until I began preparing this show.

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World Music Expo: Day One

Friday, October 30, 2009

Now in its fifteenth year, the World Music Expo has become the premier meeting ground for artists, labels, presenters, and agents from an incredible array of countries and backgrounds. Anastasia Tsioulcas reports from Copenhagen.

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Onwards with Enescu

Monday, October 26, 2009

Jazz pianist and composer Lucian Ban concludes the story of his recent project ENESCU re-IMAGINED from Merkin Hall. Ban hails from Cluj, Transylvania, Romania, but lives in New York City where he is part of the next generation of performers and composers at the forefront of modern jazz. 

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Passionate

Friday, October 23, 2009

I was moved when reading the many passionate comments on my previous blog post. I'm keen to know what you have to say, so please express yourself, and keep the comments coming.

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Is She Singing or Is That a Clarinet?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Since the first panpipes, musicians have attempted to imitate the human voice in non-vocal music. 

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Backstage with Meredith Monk

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Over the past year and a half, WQXR's Nadia Sirota has been working with Meredith Monk and her ensemble on her new performance piece, Songs of Ascension. Sirota interviewed Monk as they prepared to perform as part of this week's Next Wave Festival at BAM. 

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Enescu 2.0

Monday, October 19, 2009

Lucian Ban at the Jazz StandardJazz pianist and composer Lucian Ban hails from Cluj, Transylvania, Romania, but currently lives in New York City where is part of the next generation of performers and composers at the forefront of modern jazz. He tells the story of his upcoming project ENESCU re-IMAGINED at Merkin Hall.

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The Century of Enescu

Monday, October 19, 2009

Lucian BanJazz pianist and composer Lucian Ban hails from Cluj, Transylvania, Romania, but currently lives in New York City where he is part of the next generation of performers and composers at the forefront of contemporary modern jazz. Hear his insights behind the upcoming ENESCU re-IMAGINED concert at Merkin Concert Hall, and check out exclusive photographs and mp3s from the concert's recent world premiere. 

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Sounds American to Me

Friday, October 16, 2009

Whenever I travel outside of the U.S., I'm always struck by the presence of American music, particularly our popular music.  You hear it in hotels, clubs, on cruise ships, etc. People around the world respond viscerally to our music even if they're not English speakers. So on this week's Q2, we'll delve into the roots of American music and take a closer look at the movers and shakers that created its innovative sounds.

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Finnish Magic

Thursday, October 15, 2009

So the Finns now have healthcare, dental, Rautavaara, saunas and BROADBAND. I'm having jealousy issues.

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Being on WQXR

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Long before I took my first piano lesson, I was drawn to music.  Aside from the sound, I was moved by the effect I saw it having on those around me, especially in church.  I was amazed at the gamut of emotions music evoked there, and this curiosity has led to a life-long relationship with music.  To this day, I'm just as thrilled and appreciative when I hear incredible, inspiring music, whether it was written centuries ago or earlier this morning.

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Who's Out There?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Who needs radio? Online, you can pursue your enthusiasms to their deepest nooks and crannies, but with radio, you have no control over content. In this age of digital dissemination, when everything is available all the time, when you can use your computer to seek and find practically any recording you can think of, why would you listen to the radio?

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New York MusiCity

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Yeah, New York is pretty great. We've all heard the spiel a million times: bustle, energy,  culture, sleep deprivation.... As well-worn as this notion may be, it's also true! Eight million individuals living so close to one another spawn cultural evolution with unbeatable depth and speed. But, you know, this is all super biased. I love this city hard...

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